Stationed in Wales as a 17 year old
I loved hearing the sing-song acent
of the Welsh people.

We all thought
(bet you’re singing it now, aren’t you)
was a difficult word to say because it’s
such a long word with
34 letters but it’s a word that has no real meaning
apart from a little bit of Mary Poppins Magic
and if you sing it, it isn’t so hard to say.

But on the other hand

Pronounced in English as orthography is given at the station as:
The ch is a voiceless uvular fricative
It is 58 letters and translated it means:
‘St Marys Church in the hollow of the white Hazel
near to the rapid whirlpool of LLantysilio of the red cave.’

So you see,
not only Pat Hatt  Of Rhyme Time can boggle your brain
and turn it to mush…

I determined that I would learn how to say this word all in one go
and, it took me donkey’s ages to do it but
I done it.

If you want to read all about it go: Here and you can scroll down on the right to hear it spoken as it ought to be

So we are not mistOken… this is a very toKen effort on my behalf
to please Anna Montgomery of Chromapoesy who is hosting the dVerse Poets prompt tonight
Hope I got mine.. even a little abstract (awl right) << Cockney speak

Very tongue in cheek effort

Shared wiv dVerse Poets Logophilia 2

Author: Daydreamer

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22 thoughts on “Llanfairpwllgwyngyll”

  1. Not the first time I’ve seen this brilliantly long word but I will leave it to you to pronounce it and stick to Mary Poppins nonsense. LOL

  2. That is really enjoyable, wonderful for many reasons. Welsh’s influence on what we now know as English is often discounted, though it is becoming more and more apparent. Your playfulness with the word, and its story of coming to be in your dialog is entertaining and informative.

  3. That’s something to pronounce. In South India, we have people’s name that long…which includes the family name both patriarchal and matriarchal, grand dad’s name, father’s name, the native place of the family…oh, the list goes on.

  4. Our son, before he was even yet a toddler, loved to sit on a rug in front of the T.V. and listen to the news in Welsh. No one in either family had a Welsh connection.

  5. It takes 6 seconds to say this word. I’m totally impressed that you know it! I am sort of at a loss for this prompt–but when my yearly meeting is done I may try it with my half German and knowledge of Bertolt Brecht–maybe,

  6. Awesome and fun post – Welsh is a language I could listen to for hours & understand not a single word, but it wouldn’t matter…

  7. I visited Wales once and just loved to go through the train stations. The signs seemed almost a joke! You’ve captured that. k.

  8. A fantastic name for a town, I’m still trying to get the sound file to download :). Tongue in cheek is always fun – thanks for playing along! Oh, it just downloaded, awesome!

  9. haha oh my…my mind you did boggle with words so hard to swallow…or speak…and that is a real word? are you sure you are not making it up? smiles….i do know the mary poppins one…smiles.

  10. LMAO see mush is such fun, turning one’s brain in circles is great. I have seen the word before too, but never ever would even say I could pronounce it.

  11. I’ve long admired the Welsh, their musical nature and evasive language. Congrats to you for mastering the word and writing a fun and fascinating post. 🙂

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